|Sunset on the farm|
So, when we moved in, I was so proud of the cabinets and stored every item. As I looked around my house, at the cluttered table tops and spaces, I wonder, "What happened?"
- Well, several things happened. As much as I expected my life in the country would be less hectic, if anything, it's more. And, because of the commute, I have at least an hour less time per day.
- The second problem is the sheer volume of stuff. I need to pare down the amount of stuff coming to the house.
- The third problem is that I procrastinate. I stack stuff up thinking I will have more time later. Later turns out to be even busier.
- But the most important problem is one of potential. I see potential in everything. I keep too much stuff because I think I could possibly use it for something someday. It's not entirely my fault; my dad was the same way. He grew up on a farm where repurposing was not a creative outlet; it was a survival strategy. But, that was a time of scarcity, and this is a time of plenty. I just have to get rid of things.
I've got to make changes, some of which are inspired by David Allen's Getting Things Done strategy of handling things a little as possible:
- In the stacks of stuff, I found periodicals from January that I've not read yet. With guaranteed daylight on the ride home, I need to capture the time to read the magazines then. Perhaps then I can catch up on the actual books stacked on the table.
- Get off of as many mailing lists as possible. Go to e-statements whenever possible.
- Deal with it now. Create a place for things you'll keep, put things in their place, and throw the rest away now.
- Focus! If something is not usable within the short term, or at a definite point in time, pass it on--trash, recycle, or share.
So, I'm looking forward to taking back my dream house, one cluttered surface at a time.
What about you? How do you tame the Clutter Monster?????????????
Living a Savory life . . .